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I hail from Sydney, Australia and have had a privileged and rewarding career, working on a variety of projects from TV shows, documentaries, music videos, TV commercials and branded content.

I kicked off my career at Channel 7 in Sydney as a Technical Director and after a short stint in the RAAF I discovered a nascent passion for editing. Since that time I have worked on numerous projects that have won a number of awards and nominations from Grammies, One Show Pencils, Clios, MTV Best Videos to peer group editing awards and nominations.

Noteworthy long form projects include the MTV "Buzz" series, AIDS awareness documentaries "Red Hot & Dance" and "Red Hot & Cool," concerts for U2 and David Bowie. I co-edited the thrilling MotoGP documentary feature "Hitting the Apex" by Mark Neal, produced & narrated by Brad Pitt. I have just completed a documentary that I directed “Blitzed” that premiered on SkyArts in the UK in March. The story of the 80s Blitz Kids and the Blitz Club in London that spawned a movement.

Music video credits include Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam "Jeremy" (MTV Best Video), Santana, INXS (ARIA Best Video), Bob Dylan, Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Bowie, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Madonna and Los Lobos "Kiko" (Best Breakthrough Video).

My wide ranging commercial clients include brands such as Guinness, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, the NBA with Bill Murray, Foster's Beer, AT&T, Miller, Verizon, Astra Zeneca, Abbvie, Colgate, Avon and Tiffany.

Influences and collaborations include luminaries such as Russell Mulcahy, Mark Pellington, Howard Greenhalgh, Tim Pope, Annabel Jankel, Earle Sebastian, John Carlin, Leigh Blake, Marcus Raboy, Peter Lindbergh, Danny Clinch & Russell James. My all time favourite director is Kubrick.

I reside in New York, though am somewhat nomadic these days given the pandemic, have ties to the UK and like to travel often, I have a vast interest in culture, music and the arts, am somewhat of a motorsports enthusiast (I like F1) and an aviation geek.

I find this quote inspiring, as I think what we do is form of alchemy, albeit a coalescence of talent, craft and intuition. "The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. Francis Ford Coppola”.

My goal is to enable the realisation of the vision of any project and ideally contribute to its creative essence, tell a story, stir an emotion, painting a seamless picture while working in harmony with its creators.

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